Why Golf?

Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next. Through our personal growth and junior golf programs, we see kids’ build self confidence, inspiring more active participation in leadership opportunities and events, community involvement, and college scholarships.

Program Summary

Our program operates year round: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The spring, summer and fall sessions are held at Mohawk Park Golf Course, Page Belcher, and The Canyons at Blackjack Ridge in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. The winter session is a program taken into area schools exposing First Tee, the game of golf, and life skills to students during their PE classes.

National School Program

First Tee — Tulsa is proud to welcome Marshall, Emerson, Burroughs, and Mitchell elementary schools to our National School Program in 2019. If any school in Northeastern Oklahoma would like more information about NSP, or wants to apply for the National School Program, please contact: Janice Gibson at [email protected]

First Tee — Tulsa Leadership Program

First Tee — Tulsa Leadership Program is a unique program in which we ask our advanced PLAYers to lead stations and help junior PLAYers during class. This allows our older members to develop confidence and leadership skills and for our younger golfers to have a positive role model. A definite win-win for all!

Service Opportunities

Throughout the year, kids enrolled in the First Tee — Tulsa program have the opportunity to serve others in our community. Recent service projects have included volunteering to pack Saturday grocery bags, prep for pantry, and make kids’ packs at Iron Gate, and making postcards, decorating boxes, and working on other art-related projects at Tristesse Grief Center.

On the Golf Course

Junior golf is just part of First Tee. Through our program that strengthens character, kids will learn life skills that stay with them into the rest of their lives, like:

  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Setting up step-by-step goals
  • Planning for the future
  • Appreciating diversity

Advancing through the Program

Participants progress through levels by demonstrating inner strength, character, and the life and golf skills they have learned. All participants regardless of age start at the PLAYer level.


The Sorenstam level is the first level of First Tee — Tulsa. Students are introduced to the game of golf, and some of the basic fundamentals – lining up putts, chipping, grip, stance, posture, and more. Participants are also introduced to the First Tee — Tulsa code of conduct – “respect for myself, others, and my surroundings” – and our 9 Core Values – honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment. Students interested in enrolling must be 8 years old, or turning 8 years old during the session.


The Jones level is the second level of First Tee — Tulsa. Participants continue to learn the basic fundamentals of golf, as well as new shots. Participants are also exposed to competition through class, as well as expanded life skills lessons.


The Hogan level is the third level of First Tee — Tulsa. Participants begin to fine-tune their fundamentals and are asked to learn and follow the pace of play on the golf course. Students are taught how to play golf on the course as well as golf course etiquette.


The Whitworth level is the fourth level of First Tee — Tulsa. Participants begin to play consistently on the golf course in this level. They are also taught the Nine Healthy Habits that promote a healthy, active lifestyle, which consists of nine health and wellness topics – energy, play, safety, vision, mind, family, friends, school, and community. Students must be 10 years old to register for this level.


The Palmer level is the fifth level of First Tee — Tulsa. Students play on the golf course regularly in this level. This level also focuses on management of emotions, abilities, time, and golf course.


The Birdie level is the sixth level of First Tee — Tulsa. Here students play on the golf course regularly. They also focus on goal setting and apply and create goals for not only golf, but for school, careers, and more. Students must be 12 years old to enroll in this level.


The Eagle level is the seventh level of First Tee — Tulsa. Here, students play on the golf course regularly. They also focus on management of finances, self-management, and managing goals for the future.


The Ace level is the eighth and final level of First Tee — Tulsa. Students play on the golf course regularly. The life skills portion of this level focuses on life after high school with an emphasis on career exploration.